Founded in 2008, the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (BU CSTE) is the leading center in the world studying the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in sports and the military. The BU CSTE was created as a collaboration between Boston University (BU), Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Co-Directors of the BU CSTE include Robert Cantu, MD, clinical professor of neurosurgery at BUSM; Ann McKee, MD, professor of neurology and pathology at BUSM and director of VA CSTE Brain Bank at VA; Chris Nowinski; and Robert Stern, PhD, professor of neurology and neurosurgery at BUSM.
The mission of the BU CSTE is to conduct state-of-the-art Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) research, including its neuropathology and pathogenesis, the clinical presentation, biomarkers, clinical course, the genetics, and other risk factors of CTE, and ways of preventing and treating this cause of dementia. The BU CSTE has received grants from the Nation Institutes of Health and the National Operating Committee on Standards in Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), and has received an unrestricted gift from the NFL.
Read about the BU CSTE’s groundbreaking research and view photos of brain injury in athletes in the New York Times.